The Internet's "Real" Birthday

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The Internet's "Real" Birthday

By Karl Long

Apparently April 7th 1969 is a contender for the birth of the internet, who new it was so old. Here's a pretty funny video from Canadian CBC news, not sure when this was broadcast but it is pretty funny.


Another wonderful throwback news story is this Newsweek piece from 1995 called " The Internet? Bah! Hype alert: Why cyberspace isn't, and will never be, nirvana

Visionaries see a future of telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms. They speak of electronic town meetings and virtual communities. Commerce and business will shift from offices and malls to networks and modems. And the freedom of digital networks will make government more democratic.

Baloney. Do our computer pundits lack all common sense? The truth in no online database will replace your daily newspaper, no CD-ROM can take the place of a competent teacher and no computer network will change the way government works.

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The thing that continues to blow me away is still how early and nascent internet technology is, I don't know what the future holds but i'm certain that in 10 years we will look back on the hype around social networks like facebook and myspace, thinking "oh how naive we were".


About the Author:
Karl Long believes the experience is the marketing and social media is how customers share experience and has been blogging about it for several years. Karl's primary blog Experiencecurve lives at the intersection of marketing, social media, social software and remarkable customer experience. Karl holds an MBA in Design Management from the University of Westminster and is currently the Web/Social Media Integration Manger for the video game group at Nokia. Karl also writes about t-shirts at
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